Friday, November 25, 2011

25-Nov-11: Here's what keeps our side occupied, far from Tahrir Square

While most people's attention is on Tahrir Square in Cairo, this is Ynet's lead story as the sun sets for the Sabbath.
Alert level in al-Arish raised to unprecedented level after reports suggest Jihad members planning attack on local security headquarters             Roee Nahmias, Reuters
Published: 11.25.11, 14:04 / Israel News
While tens of thousands of protesters are amassing in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the Sinai Peninsula is heating up. Egyptian security forces on Friday raised the alert level to an unprecedented level in the al-Arish area in northern Sinai after they received information that Jihad members are planning on carrying out an attack on the local security headquarters, the Ma'an news agency reported Friday. According to the information they received, some 2,500 Jihad and additional radical faction members were equipped with "unconventional weapons" and had gathered large quantities of ammunition. The operatives prepared a plan to attack the al-Arish security directorate, the central prison and other official buildings. The purpose of the attack, according to the report, was vengeance on Egyptian authorities for thwarting a previous plan to attack Sinai and drive away security forces. The reports come after saboteurs blew up a gas pipeline 60 km (37 miles) west of the Egyptian town of al-Arish in northern Sinai earlier on Friday, the latest in series of attacks, state news agency MENA reported.
More when we're back on Saturday night.

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